Solve it Sunday: True in All Particulars

Hello dear readers, welcome back to another Solve it Sunday riddle. I hope you are enjoying these puzzle-solving posts. I don’t think they attract a lot of attention, but I like trying to figure out the puzzles as I write them

I wish you luck in solving this one and, as always, the answers are in the comments!


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Several statements are given below. You may assume – for the duration of this problem – that they are absolutely true in all particulars. From that assumption, you should be able to provide an answer to the question that follows.

  • No one goes to a party without brushing his or her hair.
  • Untidy people are never fascinating.
  • Alcoholics have no self-control.
  • People with brushed hair look fascinating.
  • No one wears white gloves, unless he or she is going to a party.
  • A person is always untidy if he or she has no self-control.

Do alcoholics wear white gloves?

Book Tour and Review: Come Join the Murder by Holly Rae Garcia

Hello dear readers, it feels like it has been a while since we have been in a book tour with Blackthorn Book Tours. I want to thank them for giving me a copy of Come Join the Murder in return for an honest review.

I had to refresh my memory of this book a bit because it has been quite a while since I read it; over two months I think, but once I read a few pages it all came back to me.

Fair warning, if this book does sound like something you are interested in, just be aware that there is an excessive amount of violence and possibly sexual assault, but I can’t remember a specific instance of that. Either way, it is a bit gratuitous.

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Title: Come Join the Murder
Author: Holly Rae Garcia
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Rebecca Crow’s four-year-old son is dead and her husband is missing.

Divers find her husband’s car at the bottom of a canal with their son’s small, lifeless body, inside. The police have no suspects and nothing to go on but a passing mention of a man driving a van. Guilt and grief cloud Rebecca’s thoughts as she stumbles toward her only mission: Revenge.

James Porter knows exactly what happened to them, but he’ll do anything to keep it a secret.

James didn’t plan to kill Rebecca’s son, but he’s not too broken up about it, either. There are more important things for him to worry about. He needs money, and his increasing appetite for murder is catching the attention of a nosy detective.


Repetitive Cycle

This book involves murder, obviously. It is in the title after all. Its the murder that we aren’t expecting that ends up being the best part of this book.

We get to see a murder repeated over and over throughout the book, with different variations each time. We don’t know which one is quite the truth, but they all are to some degree.

I think Garcia does a great job of using the cyclical style storytelling to create a great character development and show their slow descent into madness.


Vigilante Justice

Though Vigilantes are often seen as the bad guy, many people see their actions as a good thing. I am not sure if the protagonist in this book is technically a vigilante, I enjoyed that she wasn’t predictable. She could have fallen into one of many stereotypical female character tropes, but Garcia went with a different route and gave us a strong female character that took actions into her own hands.

The short, quick read is a nice touch to this character development because it makes it seem like we are in the protagonist’s mind. Her life is flashing before her eyes, likely happening so fast she can’t sit and think things through.

She quickly devolves and she becomes an entire new person, and the fast-paced story really accentuates that storytelling.


Surface Level Characters

Other than the protagonist, the characters really didn’t have much depth to them.

There are a few small characters we get for a few scenes, and they are more than forgettable. They add so little to the story that I honestly can’t remember anything about them.

The side characters that we get a bit more of are also forgettable. They are fairly bland, stereotypical, and seemed unnatural. It’s hard to call them that because they likely were suffering from some mental health issues, so they wouldn’t be acting normally, but the characters didn’t feel real to me.


Final Thoughts

Come Join the Murder isn’t a bad book. It’s rather interesting because we get nice character development from the protagonist as they fall from grace into an evil person. It is a trope I don’t come across often enough but it is enjoyable.

The book was just a bit bland, which is why I have it three stars. It’s worth the read, but it’s nothing overly special.


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Quotes from Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

“Honor is dead. But I’ll see what I can do.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Why hasn’t anyone killed him yet?”
“Dumb luck,” Wit said. “In that I’m lucky you’re all so dumb.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“The only time you seem honest is when you’re insulting someone!”
“The only honest things I can say to you are insults.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Do not let your assumptions about a culture block your ability to perceive the individual, or you will fail.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance


“I ain’t grouchy,” Teft snapped. “I just have a low threshold for stupidity.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“A woman’s strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses to be, but in the power to choose that role.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

tags: jasnah-kholin227 likesLikeWhat is a woman’s place in this modern world? Jasnah Kholin’s words read. I rebel against this question, though so many of my peers ask it. The inherent bias in the inquiry seems invisible to so many of them. They consider themselves progressive because they are willing to challenge many of the assumptions of the past.

They ignore the greater assumption–that a ‘place’ for women must be defined and set forth to begin with. Half of the population must somehow be reduced to the role arrived at by a single conversation. No matter how broad that role is, it will be–by-nature–a reduction from the infinite variety that is womanhood.

I say that there is no role for women–there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself. For some, it will be the role of scholar; for others, it will be the role of wife. For others, it will be both. For yet others, it will be neither.

Do not mistake me in assuming I value one woman’s role above another. My point is not to stratify our society–we have done that far to well already–my point is to diversify our discourse.

A woman’s strength should not be in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. It is amazing to me that I even have to make this point, as I see it as the very foundation of our conversation.
” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“I don’t talk to myself because I’m crazy.”
“No?”
“I do it because I’m awesome.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance


“Words are where most change begins.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Kaladin frowned. “Wait. Are you wearing cologne? In prison?”
“Well, there was no need to be barbaric, just because I was incarcerated.”
“Storms, you’re spoiled,” Kaladin said, smiling.
“I’m refined, you insolent farmer,” Adolin said. Then he grinned. “Besides, I’ll have you know that I had to use cold water for my baths while here.”
“Poor boy.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Power is an illusion of perception.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance


“I can see what you’re up to.”
“Five foot six inches,” Shallan said. “I suspect that’s all I will ever be up to, unfortunately.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“How . . .” Dalinar said. “You fell into a chasm!”
“I fell face-first, sir,” Kaladin said, “and fortunately, I’m particularly hard-headed.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“The world isn’t fair? What a huge revelation! Some people in power abuse those they have power over? Amazing! When did this start happening?” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance

“Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself.” 
― Brandon Sanderson, Words of Radiance


Short Book Synopsis: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

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Shallan is the main focus in this book, and we get her flashbacks featured at times throughout the book. The flashbacks slowly reveal the gradual destruction of her family, and the details of her two potential murderous and/or abusive parents.

The Interludes introduce Lift and follow Eshonai as she, at first, reluctantly changes to stormform and then stages a coup, taking complete control of the Parshendi.


We start the prologue with Galivar’s assassination told from Jasnah’s perspective. We see the horror she witnesses and her bond and eventually Soulcast for the first time.


The main story starts with Shallan and Jasnah traveling by ship to the Shattered Plains. Jasnah tells Shallan of Shallan’s betrothal to her cousin Adolin. Shallan continues her teachings until she is woken during the middle of the night and witnessed the murder of Jasnah.

In an attempt to save the rest of the crew, Shallan soulcasts and causes the ship to sink.

She makes it to shore but is unable to soulcast a simple stick when she tries. She eventually joins Tvlakv’s slave wagons and heads towards the Shattered Plains.

Meanwhile, Kaladin sets up training exercises for other bridge crews and begins experimenting with his newfound Adhesion abilities. He gets upset when he finds out that Brightlord Amaran arrives in Dalinar’s camp.

Dalinar keeps trying to unite the Highprinces by using his authority as the new Highprince of War. In one of his flashbacks he and other Knight’s Radiant fight against a Thunderclast in the middle of a Highstorm.


Back to Shallan, she eventually joins Tyn’s caravan and joins with them to defend against bandits and winning over a group of deserters that were chasing them.

Tyn assumes she can’t really be who she says she is, so Tyn takes her on as an apprentice con artist. She eventually finds out the truth, but is killed by Shallan using her Shardblade.

Tyn assumes she can’t really be who she says she is, so Tyn takes her on as an apprentice con artist. She eventually finds out the truth, but is killed by Shallan using her Shardblade.

Adolin starts winning some duels and obtaining pieces of shard plate, following his father’s plan to unite the high princes. Renarin trains with Shardblade and plate while Torol Sadeas works against Dalinar, consolidating power and sending troops on gemstone raids when it is not his turn.

Szeth attempts to kill Dalinar, but Kaladin defends him. Kaladin tells Szeth he is a Windrunner just like him, but Szeth flees in confusion and anger.


Shallan finally arrives at the Shattered Plains in the middle of a conference between the King and the Highprinces. She informs the royal family of Jasnah’s death and cons her way into being hired by Seberial. Using her Lighweaving skills, she takes on the persona of “Veil” and does some work for the Ghostbloods. She uses them in an attempt to learn about Urithiru and warn Dalinar of the Parshendi Voidbringers.

During the day she manages Sebarial’s books and courts Adolin, who she begins hitting it off with.

Kaladin continues training the bridegemen, promoting more men capable of command so he can delegate more patrols and guard duty.

He attempts training like Szeth to walk on chasm walls, but instead flies high above the ground in control of his abilities.

Moash reveals his dark secret and out to kill the King. Kaladin is torn – he knows the king is week and should be killed, but he has sworn to protect him.

Adolin makes a mistake, and accidentally challenges four Shardbearers at once to a duel. With Kaladin’s help, Adolin manages to win the duel and Kaladin asks for a boon from the king; a challenge with Prince Amaran, but he is arrested at his declaration.


Kaladin stews in prison and is visited by Wit, who ends up making things worse. When he is eventually released, Kaladin learns that Adolin demanded to be imprisoned as long as he was, which softens Kaladin’s feelings towards Adolin and lighteyes in general.

An assassination attempt on Dalinar during a scouting mission leaves Kaladin and Shallan at the bottom of the chasms, but both used stormlight to survive the impossible fall. They both don’t trust each other at first, but they both lighten up and share some of their pasts with each other. Kaladin kills a chasm fiend with Shallan’s shardblade but then realizes he has lost all contact with Syl because he is involved in Moash’s scheme to kill the King.

The countdown clock ticks towards zero. Dalinar prepares an assault against the Parshendi. Kaladin and Shallan make it back to camp and Shallan insists on going on the assault, having mapped out a good amount of the Shattered Plains in her trip with Kaladin, who stays behind with a wound to his leg.


Dalinar leads his army, guided by Shallan, to the centre of the Shattered Plains to end the war once and for all. Kaladin falls into a deep depression over his loss of Syl and his injuries, before having an epiphany that he must protect the incompetent king from assassination.

He confronts Moash and almost dies before uttering the words:

I will protect even those I hate so long as it is right. 

When he speaks these words, Syl returns and becomes his shardblade once again. He fights off Moash and Graves who flee after failing to kill the King.

Dalinar and the Alethi army encounter the Parshendi, who have taken on a strange new form. A portion of them fight while a portion of them sing a strange, foreboding song. The Alethi manage to win, but not in time to stop the Everstorm from coming at the same exact time as a Highstorm.

Szeth arrives at the scene of the battle to finish the job on Dalinar, but Kaladin intervenes and stops Szeth, driving him away.

Shallan solves the age-old puzzle and finds the portal. She activates it using her shardblade and the Alethi are transported to Urithiru, making it through the Highstorm and Everstorm.

Dalinar, Shallan, Kaladin, and Renarin gather in Urithiru and declare themselves as Knights Radiant.


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Bookish News: July 22, 2020

Hello dear readers, I hope life is treating you well.

I have done a bit of digging around the ol’ inter webs and I have found a few bookish news stories that you might like.

If you have any bookish news you want to share, let me know in the comments or on social media!
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In Alex Trebek’s Reluctant, Moving Memoir, Life Is All About the Next Question

How does a young writer pay the rent?

Wendy, Master of Art review – witty graphic novel unleashes hipster hell


What Does Nature Writing Mean in 2020?

Rumaan Alam and Jameson Fitzpatrick on Sex, Poetry, and Textiles

Jarvis Masters Writes From Death Row in San Quentin as Covid-19 Spreads Unchecked

On the Biggest Collection of Fantasy Tales Since WWII

10 Book Events/Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday

Hello dear readers, we are back for another Top 10 Tuesday Post. This week’s theme is 10 Book Events/Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday (Real or Fictional).

As always, thank you to That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting!

If you have any book festivals/events you think I’d enjoy or ones that I missed, let me know in the comments or on social media!
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 Miami Book Fair

Palm trees, ocean spray and hot and humid weather – even in the late month of November – offer a tantalising backdrop for the annual Book Fair in Miami. Highlights of the eight-day itinerary include the Street Fair, with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work, and the popular Evenings With Series, which features nighttime readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world. Last year’s attendees included Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding and Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame.


 International Literature Festival Berlin

Arabic poets and American short story writers, South Korean poets and their Russian colleagues, South African novelists and Albanian novices – each year in September, the International Literature Festival Berlin presents a celebration of worldwide literature across 180 individual events.


Brooklyn Book Festival

The sort of hip, smart gathering of literary minded folks that could only be found in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City and presents an array of literary stars as well as emerging authors. Expect film screenings, parties and bookish games galore.


 FLIP

The pretty coastal town of Paraty in Brazil (named for its frequent pirate visitors of long ago) draws thousands of visitors for FLIP, its annual literary festival founded by publishing powerhouse Liz Calder – who also co-founded Bloomsbury. There’s an emphasis on cultural exchange and guests can be found sitting in the charming, old-fashioned squares until the early hours of the morning discussing literature and the arts long after the scheduled programme of events concludes for the day.


Letterature

Held in the beautiful, historic setting of Basilica di Massenzio within Rome’s ancient Forum, meanwhile, is Letterature. Though more low profile than most, this festival attracts big-name authors who give smaller, more intimate lectures across a five-day period. They often share the stage with local bands and musicians in what is, truly, a celebration of literature in the most atmospheric of locations.


Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts

The pretty market town of Hay-on-Wye – on the English-Welsh border – has been nicknamed the ‘town of books’ and famously plays host to the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in May. While this little community usually has a population of just 1500, it explodes in size during the event, with over 250,000 readers and writers descending for its lineup of bestselling author talks, workshops and book signings. Hay-on-Wye also boasts an absolutely brilliant selection of bookshops. Always a bonus.


Istanbul Book Fair

Bookworms who would like to combine their love of literature with the chance to visit one of the world’s most iconic ancient cities should make a point of visiting Istanbul in November, when the city hosts its annual International Book Fair. The fair draws book- lovers, intellectuals, authors, poets and publishers from all over the world to meet and exchange ideas over a period of seven days. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet authors, have their books signed, participate in an extensive list of workshops and debates and find many precious literary masterpieces to take home with them. The fair is easy to access from central Istanbul using the Metrobus.


Kerala Literature Festival

The Kerala Literature Festival is a relatively new-comer to the long list of literary festival hosts worldwide. The festival was first held in 2016 where it endeavored to provide a platform for discussion and debate for authors, artists, playwrights and poets. Here visitors have the chance to meet and discuss all manner of literary and other issues with both local and international professionals in the literature business. Discussions cover a wide variety of important topics including freedom of speech, the place of literature in modern education, languages in the digital age and much more. The festival is held annually in January or February at Kozhikode Beach.


Sydney Writer’s Festival

In May each year Sydney hosts the perennially popular Sydney Writer’s Festival, where people from all walks of life are invited to immerse themselves in the world of literature. The festival brings together some of the best literary minds in Australia and beyond, offering visitors an annual dose of inspirational events, most of which are presented at no cost. The guests are not restricted to authors and you will be able to meet and listen to representatives of a wide variety of literary genres including screenwriting, fiction and non-fiction, poetry, performing arts, biographies and children’s literature. The festival also presents an annual Children’s Festival of Moving Stories each year in November. Sydney Writer’s Festival is held at various venues throughout Sydney. 


ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

Often referred to as the “Greatest literary show on Earth”, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has an impressive reputation to maintain. During its lifetime, the festival has hosted over 2,000 speakers who have come to educate and inspire more than one million avid readers. The five-day festival is held against the backdrop of the amazing Diggi Palace in Jaipur and includes many extension events. Although the festival is free for anyone to attend you can enhance your experience by signing up for a Delegate Package which will offer you access to the Delegate Lounge and several private events where you can rub shoulders with many of the prominent invited speakers. Aspiring writers have the chance to compete in essay writing and blogging competitions as well as to attend workshops to hone your writing skills. 


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Book Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Hello dear readers, today we continue on the path of The Stormlight Archive with the second of the three currently released books: Words of Radiance.

I reviewed The Way of Kings last month and did a summary of it to refresh my memory for when book four comes out.

The fourth book Rhythm of War comes out in a few months and I am beyond excited, so I am giving the first three the love they deserve.

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Title: Words of Radiance
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Rating: ★★★★☆
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Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status “darkeyes.” Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.

The Assassin, Szeth, is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin’s master has much deeper motives.

Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.

Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable. 


Character Perspectives

Words of Radiance focuses more on Shallan’s story. She is a main character throughout the first book, but was second fiddle to Kaladin. Now Kaladin takes a step back and his story is more of a supporting role to Shallan.

I am not the biggest fan of Shallan, she seems foolish and selfish, but she becomes more likable in this book than in the first. Each chapter focuses on a small handful of characters, and the overlap in this book is a lot more than the first.

I like that we don’t just get current events and experiences though. We are also getting the backstory for whomever the main character of the book is. It is adding a wonderful amount of depth to the world and I am loving every minute of it.


Character Development

With each backstory we are getting, we discover the world more and more. Within the first two books of the series we explore maybe a tenth of the world, but each chapter let’s us explore a little more each time.

I also think Sanderson does a wonderful job at letting characters grow as the story continues. We already see their struggles and their fears right from the start, but then we get to explore it more, further our understanding of it as the characters come to realize them, and then we watch them grow.

Sanderson is a master of worldbuilding and I honestly don’t know of too many other authors that are able to do what he does in this series.


The Plot Thickens

Each chapter that I finish of Sanderson’s work blows my mind. He is able to take your understanding of his worlds and tear them apart in an instant.

Too often he opens your eyes more to the entirety of his realm, and its really amazing.

What makes me enjoy this book even more is that we get the “bad guy” perspective. Too often books come from the good guy’s perspective, and we don’t really get a chance to see the decisions made by the other side.

Words of Radiance allows us to explore their thoughts, their feelings, and their struggles almost as much as Shallan’s and her allies. I think that it really helps us empathize with them and the story becomes a lot less black and white, there is much more gray.


Final Thoughts

I absolutely love Words of Radiance and the rest of the series. I think it is a terrific example of what a high-fantasy book can and should be. The world is so vast and unknown, the plot so enticing and suspenseful, the magic so well developed, and the characters so well written and developed.


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